Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’

Oakland University Earth Day Celebration

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

It is that time of the year again; time to clean out your dorm room and move back home for the summer. Most likely you have come across something while packing up that you had completely forgotten about. Maybe a cell phone you dropped in a puddle while rushing to class. Or an iPod that’s battery is more drained than you are after finals week. Why not doing something positive with these electronics that you aren’t using anymore?

Recycling for Charities has partnered with the Sustaining Our Planet Earth organization of Oakland University to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. As a non-profit charity, Recycling for Charities (RFC) defends the environment and supports other worthy non-profits through recycling, donating the money raised to over 800 charities nationwide. On April 15 the two organizations hope to prevent nearly 50 TONS of electronic waste, which can leak harmful chemicals, from entering landfills while celebrating the environmentally-friendly holiday at Oakland University’s campus.

From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. students, staff, and members of the community will have the opportunity to donate broken and used electronics such as cell phones, iPods, digital cameras, pagers and PDAs. RFC, stationed with their eco-friendly Smart Car at the Oakland Center, will be accepting electronic donations to be recycled. Every donor will receive an entry into a contest to win prizes, such as a Kodak Digital Camera or Digital Photo Frame, simply for donating their used e-waste! If you are planning on being on campus April 15 remember to keep your old electronics with you and head to the Oakland Center where all the fun will be! All funds raised from the recycling of the e-waste collected will benefit the Hospice of Michigan, a charity chosen by SOPE.

Attendees will be able to participate in other ‘green’ Earth Day activities on campus as well provided by Reverb, including organic t-shirt screen printing and seed planting, and can grab an organic bite to eat while listening to a live DJ from a local radio station spin the newest hits. As a part of Reverb’s Campus Consciousness Tour, rapper Drake will also be performing on April 15 at the Meadow Brook Theater.

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We need YOUR help! Only 10 percent of used or broken cell phones are recycled each year. What is your excuse? Be sure to do your part this Earth Day by helping RFC and SOPE keep 75 tons of e-waste out of our landfills!

Oakland University is located at 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester, Michigan 48309.

College Campuses Begin Sustainable Practices

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Have you ever thought about how much waste is produced from students who get take out from their cafeteria while at college? This is a regular occurrence for many because sometimes cafeterias are not open at convenient times for students or students have other activities to attend, thus a lot of trash from take out containers is produced and all of it ends up in the landfill.  Yet, now many college students will find a re-usable “to-go” food containers for them to use when they get take out from the cafeteria!

ARAMARK Higher Education is the mastermind behind these plans to make college campuses more sustainable. They have produced containers that are dishwasher-safe and can be washed with the other utensils that are used within a college cafeteria. This program has been introduced at many different universities throughout the United States including: Baylor University, University of Florida, University of North Caroline-Chapel Hill, Peace College, and Salem College.

Visit ARAMARK’s Higher Education website today and request that this program is implemented at your current, future, or previous educational institution today!

And be sure to check back to the Recycling For Charities home page this week, there will be podcasts regarding recycled products awaiting you!

Wal-Mart Becomes Eco-Friendly

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Wal-Mart, one of the largest retailers in the world, announced via webcast and conference call with bloggers and journalists that they are going to begin their sustainability efforts.  Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke announced that Wal-Mart would take into consideration everything from recycling to packaging.

Duke also spoke of Wal-Mart’s Zero Waste Initiative in which each action throughout Wal-Mart’s supply chain system would be changed in an effort to promote efficiency and sustainability. Wal-Mart will create a Sustainability Index of which will outline the eco-friendly nature of their production and distribution processes. In order to gauge companies’ efforts towards emissions targets and other eco-friendly initiatives, Wal-Mart has released a questionnaire document.

It is monumental that a company of this size is undertaking an initiative of this caliber and they aren’t going to stop there. Wal-Mart also outlined a plan for their Sam’s Club stores. The Sam’s Club stores will receive a Home Efficiency Aisle that will provide items to consumers that are eco-friendly and packaged in sustainable packaging.

How do you feel about Wal-Mart’s latest initiative?  Do you think they will carry out their proposed actions or do you think they will fail?  Leave a comment below!

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